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The Trinity Session is a contemporary art production team defined by exchanges with their home city Johannesburg, in relation to Africa and similar developed/developing contexts. Key activities include temporary interventions and performances, in addition to producing and curating large scale exhibitions and public art programmes. The Trinity Session is mainly concerned with context specific technology applications and site-specific social practices.
Since 2001 The Trinity Session has been concerned with the logics of artmaking in complex, social-public situations; where the dynamics of history and memory, context, available resources, and creative solutions converge to create unique artistic conditions and opportunities. As global practicing artists, born and bred in Johannesburg, the politics of social and spatial change in South Africa have motivated and inspired Stephen Hobbs and Marcus Neustetter (Company Founders and Directors) to create partnerships and unique moments of collective practice in order to respond to and create positive change.
Having worked in many countries on the continent and abroad, Johannesburg has always served as a catalytic reference point for how to think beyond the often-elitist structures of the art world, with a view to understanding cultural production in the public domain. Over the last decade, The Trinity Session has provided medium and long term Curator-Coordinator services for the City of Johannesburg and The Nelson Mandela Bay Development Agency, in particular. These durational projects centered on the procurement of public art to compliment urban renewal and place making programmes, typically range from three to five years (with scope extensions) thus enabling The Trinity Session the time to develop co-production eco-systems which function through a relational approach between all role players and stake holders: City departments, local community leadership, community organisations and residents, professional and implementation teams, the media and so on, and as at the end of 2019 the Trinity Session had built up a well-trained and highly organized project management team.
The advent of the Covid 19 Pandemic and the hard lockdowns that followed in 2020 and into 2021, forced the company to rethink its agency within society, and while several nationwide projects were executed with digital tools such as Zoom and Augmented Reality, The Trinity Session Team looked inwards in order to understand mental health coping mechanisms. Hence The Trinity Session Green Projects Programme was conceived, initially through starting personal micro-home gardening projects – which in time extended to testing and experimentation at The Tipper Warehouse and surrounding grounds at Orchards Project in Orange Grove.
Today the Trinity Session finds itself in a privileged position, where years of cultural mapping and community engagement are informing self-initiated programmes concerned with the interrelationship of creativity and collective care informed by an intergenerational approach to problem solving through an extended network of specialists in the fields of mycology, permaculture, complimentary therapeutic practices, arts counselling, fitness and wellness practitioners. The litany of testimonials we have received to date suggest that this effort is moving in the right direction, audiences are growing, the knowledge base in growing and participants are increasingly feeling more empowered.